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Monasterio de Cartuja in Granada

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Monasterio de Cartuja
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Entrance is included in the GRANADA CITY PASS

16th monastery with amazing Gothic archictecture, ornate Doric arches and intricate wooden carvings.

The Carthusian Monastery is an amazing example of Baroque architecture, with its Doric arches, ornate decoration and intricate sculptures and carvings, and it is well worth a visit. Construction began in 1516 and continued for the next three hundred years but the project was never completed. Eventually, lands were confiscated from the monks in 1836 and the cloister and the cells were destroyed in 1842 and the Prior's House in 1943.

granada carthusian monasteryThe monastery was home to a community of monks and laymen who lived under a vow of silence. They would spend their days praying, meditating, studying and working, and they would also do crafts (the rosary beads that they used to make from rose petals can be bought in the souvenir shop next door). While the laymen were allowed to leave the cloister once a week, the monks only left three or four times a year.

granada carthusian monasteryFollowing a simple diet, they didn't eat meat and on Fridays they would only eat bread and water. Most of their meals would be eaten in their rooms, but on Sundays and Holy Days they would eat in the refectory.

To get to the monastery, you can catch buses 8 or C from the Gran Vía. This is also one of the stops on the City Sightseeing bus route.


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